6 Life Lessons That FRIENDS Taught Us

The beloved comedy sitcom “FRIENDS” first aired in September 1994, lasting 10 seasons and ending in 2004. More than 10 years later, it’s still warming our hearts and making us laugh until we cry.

The show and “the couch” have withstood the test of time, becoming a classic.

Not only does the purple window at Monica’s door and the setting at coffee house Central Perk incite a sense of nostalgia, but the characters have really come to feel like home for the fans.

Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Monica and Chandler have been able to inspire a few life lessons along the way.

Whether you were a Chandler or a Rachel, there was someone you could identify with. There were storylines that had you cracking up and ones that had you tearing up – but either way, you were glued to the screen.

Let’s see what lesson each character of FRIENDS has to offer us (careful, spoilers ahead)

1. Don’t be afraid to take a risk

As well as proving true love does exist, if Rachel getting off the plane to Paris to be with Ross taught us anything, it’s that taking a risk – for love, a job, yourself – is worth doing. It will teach you to live in the moment and not look back. And who wants to be predictable all the time, anyway?

2. Everyone has different opinions about things – and that’s fine

Consider this piece of wisdom from Joey Tribbiani: “It’s a moo point. It’s like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.” While many of us like to consider ourselves fairly confident people, there’s no doubt that we all value other people’s opinions way more than we should. Like when Ross just couldn’t accept that Phoebe didn’t believe in evolution.

Everyone is going to have an opinion about everything, it would be positively dull if everyone had the same opinion about everything. However, you should know when to just agree to disagree – some things just aren’t worth getting all worked up about. Sometimes, it’s a moo point.

3. Dance, run and do whatever you love like no one is watching

Remember the episode when Phoebe runs like crazy in the park? How free-spirited is she?

Here is an important lesson to learn from her – do what pleases you and do not care a damn about society. The world anyways will talk, you just do what you feel is right. Phoebe did everything as a free spirit – had her brother’s triplets, sang unusual songs at the Café (remember “Smelly Cat”?) and held her head high always.

4. Keep it Real!

Ross is very misunderstood. Coming off as sad and judgmental, Ross is the one that keeps it real. When Phoebe thought her mother was reincarnated into a cat, he was the one who had to step up and say something. A lover of science, Ross is very learned and it comes through in his sarcasm. And oh! He definitely taught us the difference between your and you’re and UNAGI.

5. Always Stay Motivated

Monica, the mother hen of the group, doesn’t shy away from leading the group and taking responsibility for tasks. Someone has to do it and leadership skills take you a long way.

She has her quirks, and she’ll be the first to admit it. She likes her furniture arranged a certain way. She has 11 different categories for towels. You can’t eat in bed. She embraces all of these things about herself, and you should embrace your quirks too.

Perfectionist Monica taught us to take up a job that we love instead of doing something which we detest.

Pursuing your dream can get tough. You might have to do something you don’t like. Monica knew from very early on that she wanted to be a chef and open her own restaurant someday. In the bargain, she wore costumes and skates and danced and waitressed at diners. But ultimately, she was the head chef at her own restaurant.

6. There’s Always a Bright Side 

We all know that Chandler is emotionally unavailable and therefore turns to humor and quick wit to escape emotion. (I think a lot of us are with you there, Bing.) Chandler is easy to love because he is laid back and self-deprecates in such a way that you have to respect him.

Chandler reminds us that life isn’t all bad, and that sometimes you just gotta’ dance your feelings out; regardless of how silly you look. He taught us to never lose hope and find a person who will put a turkey on their head to say sorry and put a ring on it.

When times get tough, make a fort, watch TV in it and invite your friends over. Life is hard, but if you can find times to still be silly and act like a kid, 100% do it.

They are the spirit animals of big and small citizens alike, and their personality resembles many of us in this world. Whether serious or stupid, we can always count on them to yield the perfect piece of advice for most situations.

What are the life lessons you learned from FRIENDS? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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Studying bachelor’s in biotechnology, Aayushi is a really passionate person, who loves to read and travel. She believes people, places, and stories have the power to change anyone and help them understand the purpose of life.

10 Things “Friends” will teach you while Volunteering Abroad

If a youth-run organisation has been engaging over 100,000 members across 127 countries, the international experiences it provides are definitely worth probing into too.

When we talk about an ‘experience’, it becomes very difficult to decide on the plausible perks shadowing that experience. Here’s something we have brought forth, to allow you to understand some of the unique learnings you will gain and realisations that will dawn upon you while you are on a volunteer program abroad lasting as brief as 6 weeks.

 

#1 You Need To Ask To Get

With most things within the span of our hands, ‘asking’ seems to have become a forgotten art. The rule is simple. Unless we identify what we need, communicate it clearly and boldly to the right person, the answer will remain “no!”.

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#2 Becoming Independent

When it’s all up to you to figure ways out in a new place, you will tend to become less dependent on others for your needs.

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#3 Be Yourself

Volunteering abroad will offer you the chance of being surrounded by new people. In an environment where everyone is away from home and new to one another, no body will judge you for who you truly are. You can feel at home, although you’re away from one.

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#4 What Are You Capable Of?

Given the opportunity to work for a cause and given interesting job roles to uphold, you are sure to learn some of the tricks of management in a short period. You will realise that there are certain aspects of work that suit you well and you are cut out for it.

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#5 Lingo Bingo!

A few elementary words of a new language shouldn’t be very hard. These days, knowing more than two languages has its own advantages. Learn a new language, sing to cats and become a polyglot!

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#6 One For The Tummy

What’s a good trip without some good food? Relish the formability of a new cuisine and get your taste-buds tickled. It is not very easy to find authentic food of a particular country in any other place, hence exploit your chances!

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#7 Listen To All The Stories

Every place on the planet is adorned by monuments, parks, museums and other historic sites that speak the stories of that land and of years we’d never be able to see. You will get to visit such places, make memories and relive history in your own capacity.

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#8 Taste The Culture

This should be that one opportunity where you get to understand the traditions, social and behavioural norms of another nation. Every country is rich in its heritage and culture. You will be amazed, shocked and amused at a culture you are not used to.

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#9 Meet New You-s!

You will realise that there are many young people just like you, who’ve chosen to make a difference by volunteering for a cause in a place far away from their homes. Together, you are the change-makers that are not only impacting lives, but essentially, getting impacted through the process. The world is on the look-out for entrepreneurial leaders like you!

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#10 None Like This

An opportunity like this is not one that can be missed.

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An opportunity like this is an indication that it’s your turn.

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An opportunity like this is life-changing.

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An opportunity like this may never knock on your door again!

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So take up an international volunteering program and come out with flying colours. (Black and white, maybe?)

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The Youth Global Entrepreneurial Program is a 6 week AIESEC program that provides undergraduate students an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills through international internships centred around social issues. The objective is to target our country’s youth and help them enrich their education by offering them a holistic international experience.

As a YGEP exchange participant, you will work on a developmental project along with other participants from across the globe, take complete ownership in an unfamiliar environment, manage your own projects and track your results – exactly as an entrepreneur would. We will support you through this experience and ensure that it challenges your world view and helps you gain a unique combination of multi-cultural, social and entrepreneurial exposure.

Visit http://ygep.aiesec.in for further details!